With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year, more than 35,000 acres within four nationally designated Wilderness Areas, and the state’s highest mountains, Lake County features abundant opportunities for yearround, high-country fun. Trail information and maps for both winter and summer recreation are available at the U.S. Forest Service Office and the Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue in Leadville. In addition, the Lake County Recreation Department has programs and events throughout the year. Pleasant summer temperatures and pure mountain air make Leadville and Twin Lakes popular summertime destinations for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. From hiking to the top of the state’s two highest Fourteeners, fishing, mountain biking on the Mineral Belt Trail, camping, competing in marathons to horseback riding, indoor swimming, fourwheeling or enjoying the wildlife and wildflowers on a leisurely hike, there’s an activity to suit just about anyone. The Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad takes you on a scenic journey through the Arkansas River Valley. Mt. Massive Golf is a friendly, affordable course surrounded by forests and ranch land. Stop by and visit the Leadville Lake County Community Park and Sports Complex, complete with a playground for the kids and the world’s highest synthetic turf field. Lake County’s abundant snow provides for a vast number of popular winter activities, including snowshoeing, alpine and telemark skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding on Dutch Henry Hill, ice skating, snowboarding and dog sledding. Ski Cooper is a family oriented ski area and one of the best values around. There are many special events as well, including the Leadville Loppet Race, Crystal Carnival, snowshoe races, turkey shoots, ice fishing competitions and Ski 100 Nordic Ski Race. Don’t miss the annual Ski Joring competition, which takes place the first weekend in March!
The Leadville area sees about 310 days of sunshine each year. Snow does come early– generally on the ground to stay by October 31 and doesn’t completely leave until early to mid-May–totaling about 250 inches each season. Much of the snowfall occurs in the evening hours giving way to beautiful mornings and opportunities for outdoor activities!